Not sure what to get a camper? Here are some of the best gifts for campers that will make them “happy campers”. From multitools to lanterns there are a lot of different outdoor and survival items that you can get them. Choosing which ones can be sometimes a problem so we’ve tried to narrow down some ideas which we think will make great gifts.
Best Gifts for Campers
1. Leatherman Multi-tool
For anyone who’s spent time in the outdoors, tools that have multiple functions are very valuable because they are space efficient. One of the best gift items for a camper is a multitool, and Leatherman’s versions of it are the best. They are well crafted, durable and functional.
The Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool is a greate all around choice, though there are so many other great choices available depending on how many functions you want included. I also like it because it isn’t as heavy as some of the others with more than 15 functions.
The multitool is one of the things I’ve learned never to leave home without as it has saved me headaches and from problems time and again. It has a blade, scissors, different types of screw drivers, can opener and pliers. A great tool for almost any situation.
2. Northbound Train Headlamp Flashlight
When the sun sets on the campsite, good lighting becomes essential. There are actually two options when it comes to lighting. You can go with the lantern that offers more coverage or a headlamp flashlight.
For something small and personal I love the Northbound Train Headlamp Flashlight. It straps on easily and stays in place. This makes it great when you need light for yourself like when reading in the dark or you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
The Northbound Train headlamp lets you switch between high and low beam so you can use it while exploring or just looking for stuff within the campsite.
3. Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
Camping is a great recreational activity and one of the best things you can do during the trip is to hang up a hammock, relax and read a book. You can also take a nice nap if you wish.
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock is an easy to put up and easy to store away hammock. It holds 400 lbs. and lets a couple of people use it at one time.
There’s nothing better than just hanging around and enjoying nature without having to worry about the rest of the world while your relax.
4. Coleman Two-Burner Propane Stove
Food is one of the most important things for me and while I can live without having good food during outdoor trips, I’ll find a way to get them if I have my way. For a bigger group, Coleman’s 2-burner propane stove is great for cooking different things.
It is more versatile than a grill since you can do a lot more with regular stove burners. While it is bigger in size and definitely heavier than the single burners I prefer using a 2-burner because it makes cooking a lot easier. Plus we’re a good sized family who eats a lot.
There are single burner stoves that are available too and for many who prefer more compact cooking equipment that would be a better gift to give them.
This is one of the best lanterns I’ve come across. It’s very bright when you need it to be and compact. The Seige Lantern is a compact, high efficiency camping light that’s very versatile. I like it because it has D-Rings on both the top and the bottom of the device. This way you can hang it right-side up or upside down without any problems.
The lantern has 4 basic light intensity settings, 3 are the regular white light, ranging from high to low intensity. It also has a red light for night time. The device is battery operated and can be used as a handing overhead light. All you need to do is take off the top cap and hang it upside down with the light exposed.
One of its best features is it is waterproof. It also floats by the way, just in case you drop it into water.
This is a water bottle that makes any water source safe to drink. It looks like a regular water bottle except or the UV (ultra-violet) technology equipped top cap. This device allows campers, backpackers and hikers to collect water from streams, rivers or other questionable sources and make it safe to drink.
What’s great about it is it only takes 60 seconds to sanitize the water and make it ready to drink. All you need to do is fill the bottle, then put on the lid and press the button on the lid. This engages the UV light and a 60 second countdown timer. When it finishes, the water becomes clear and safe to drink.
I love food and being able to cook and enjoy it with my family and friends when we camp is one of the reasons we do camp. For grilling burgers or steaks away from home, nothing beats a portable propane grill. You can also use it at home if you’re only cooking for a few people and don’t want to clean the large grill after.
Coleman’s Fold N Go Instastart Grill is among the most portable grills available. It is a gas grill and uses the smaller 16 oz. propane bottle. It fits four good sized burgers in one cooking so there’s enough size for a small group.
There are other bigger, more powerful camping grills available too, but when choosing one you’ll want to know how much space the one you’re giving it to often allocates for camp cooking equipment since the bigger the grill the more space needed during transport.
If you’re like me, you got to have your morning coffee wherever you are. One of the coolest gifts for a camper who’s also a coffee lover is Coleman’s Portable Propane Coffeemaker. This portable coffee machine will save them from having to use to stove or fire to make coffee.
The device works like most home coffee makers in that you just put the coffee in and turn it on. After that just wait for the piping hot coffee to be ready in the carafe. A full pot takes about 15 minutes to brew without any manual intervention.
9. Pocket Knife
Anyone’s who’s into the outdoors is always in the lookout for a good pocket knife. The Kershaw Leek Knife is a real handy tool that’s lightweight and compact. When folded it has a length of 4 inches making it very easy to carry around. The solid stainless steel blade makes cutting rope or even prepping food easy.
When choosing pocket knives as gifts, a good rule of thumb is to go with folding knives since they can be stored away much easily. Also choose one that’s made by a good manufacturer and consider the quality of the blade. Most knives aren’t expensive so getting a better crafted one that costs an extra $10 or $20 is well worth the smile on the gift recipient’s face.
One of the coolest looking cooking appliances you can bring to camp is the Jetboil cooker. The Jetboil is a small cylindrical canister that can transform itself into a one pot cooking system. There’s some detaching and reattaching necessary to convert it from its transport form to its cooking setup but it is excellent if you really want to save space in your pack.
The Jetboil Flash is a personal cooker so it’s made for cooking smaller batches. The cup’s size capacity is 1 liter. There are bigger versions you can get which allows for warming or cooking larger batches. The best uses of the Jetboil is for boiling water, cocoa, or other beverages. It can also cook soups, oatmeal, freeze dried meals, pack noodles and some simple meals.
Its small size makes it something that suits solo campers or those who are backpacking who don’t really need to do any complex cooking are are concerned with size.